Colleges Board of Trustees approves promotion of dance professor
(May 6, 2004) Geneva, N.Y. — The Hobart and William Smith Colleges Board of Trustees recently approved the promotion of Donna Davenport to the rank of full professor. Davenport has been a member of the Colleges' dance department since 1990 and has co-directed the arts and education program since 1997.
Described as “an educator, artist, scholar, role model, and mentor who exemplifies the highest standard of care, concern and achievement,” Davenport regularly collaborates with her fellow HWS professors in classes and on other projects. She has choreographed more than 40 new works since her arrival at the Colleges, and she performs dance works around the country. With Professor of Philosophy Eugen Baer, she has led two semesters of interdisciplinary study in Italy.
In addition to her teaching duties, she is active in her community. She has served for several years on the Board of Directors of Geneva Concerts, Inc., and more recently on the Board of Finger Lakes Arts Grants and Services (FLAGS). Since her arrival in Geneva, she has been involved with arts education outreach in the public schools. Also active in national dance education organizations, she serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Dance Education (JODE) and as media editor for the journal.
Davenport received her B.A. in psychology and B.F.A. in dance from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and her master's and doctorate in education from Temple University. Her daughter, Kaylee Ryan, is in the first grade at West Street School in Geneva.
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